Video of the Day: “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge” from Raja Hindustani (1996)

johnniewalker.jpgJust like yesterday’s video, here’s another from Raja Hindustani (1996):

“Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge”

The song is set at a party where Raj (Aamir Khan) is feeling mighty low and drinks away his shame of being from the wrong side of the tracks. Eventually after consuming some J&B whiskey, he starts drinking Johnnie Walker, Red Label at first, but then it switches to Black Label, which is one of the things I love finding in Bollywood movies: Characters drinking Johnnie Walker! And as all you fans of the genre already know, drinking Johnnie Walker is as common as seeing a dance contest, hearing “Happy Birthday” sung, or people getting a tight slap to the face in Bollywood films. Yet another one of its many, many charms!

See, first the J&B, then the Johnnie Walker:


Of couse BollyWHAT? already has a great Synopsisof this scene:

At Aarti’s stepmother’s request, they go to Mumbai to celebrate Aarti and her father’s joint birthday. (Aarti’s stepmother is scheming to find a way to keep all the wealth in her own hands.) Shalini tricks Aarti into giving Raja a tuxedo and lying about where it came from (at Shalini’s suggestion, she tells Raja she saved up and bought it herself). Later, at the party, Shalini’s nephew tells Raja that it is actually his tuxedo, and Aarti gave it to Raja because she didn’t want to be shamed by his shabby clothing. Raja gets drunk and embarrasses Aarti horribly, and then raises his hand to her father, a slight which she cannot forgive and which leads her to cast him out from her home. (Fun fact: Aamir Khan, who is not in the habit of drinking, consumed almost a liter of vodka before the filming of the song in this sequence, “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge.”) (Thanks BollyWHAT?)

rajahindustani.jpgThis scene features most of the movie’s cast: Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi, Archana Puran Singh, Pramod Muthu and a lot of extras and dancers. Boy wouldn’t it have been fun to play one of the extras?

And now “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge,” with music by Nadeem Sharavan, Lyrics by Sameer, and playback singers Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai, and Sapna Mukherjhee.


“I’ll dance around in your love!”

Lyrics in Hindi and English from BollyWhat?

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3 thoughts on “Video of the Day: “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge” from Raja Hindustani (1996)

  1. Outstanding videos from another epic film. What can you say about Aamir Khan in this movie? He could have made crap for the rest of his career and he’d still be a legend. The women in this movie are particularly great, too. And of course the stepmother receives quite a comeuppance at the end.

    Moreover, you learn a lot from this film: A father’s love trumps sensible estate planning; second marriages to serpent-tongued connivers are a recipe for trouble; true love need never be doubted; bring your own tuxedo; dress like a whore and day-laborers will treat you like one; be suspicious of divorce papers whose signatures you don’t actually witness; ingratiate yourself to wealthy childless couples; never renounce who you are; strap your baby securely to your back before engaging in any kind of altercation; don’t be surprised when bull-dykes turn straight, grow out their hair and become gorgeous; no one cares for a child with greater commitment than a eunuch; when a truck stop prostitute-priestess looks into your lover’s soul and tells you what she sees, listen to her; and life is better with a jolly sidekick and a sprightly urchin in tow.

    But this movie wasn’t simply a didactic exercise — it was entertaining! Just look at the videos!! LOVED IT.

  2. Vay! Thanks for your insightful and humorous comments Brahmanadam. Well said! I might add to your “don’t be surprised when bull-dykes turn straight, grow out their hair and become gorgeous,” the following; “when faced with the irresistible appeal of Johnny’s Lever’s wacky-hot Sikh character.”

    I also learned never to accept a cute little cottage as a wedding gift in certain situations. Remember when she did that vs. being happy to live in Raja’s rustic shack-palace? Actions like that spell T-A-L-A-K!

    Speaking of vintage Amir, I hear that QSQT is excellent too, so that’s on the “to watch” list.

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